February 04, 2009

Insights of Marshall McLuhan are so incredibly profound, and potentially useful to the fine arts

POLYSEMY 3.0 — the why? and what? from The Daily Goose by Matthew While certainly not everyone in the world would agree with me on this,

  • I happen to believe, and believe very strongly, that it is vital for the fine arts world to bring about a revival of our senses of beauty, of taste and style, of the sublime.
  • I believe it is vital to remind ourselves why we do fine art in the first place, and why artists of the past did, as well.
  • I believe it is vital that the world of fine art be populated with artists who believe that we must undo the wrong aesthetic and philosophical turns of the last 150 years, in the West at least.
  • I believe it is vital that “God” not be a semantic buggaboo word; that we end the separation and aesthetic ghettos that exist between the Painting, Poetry, Dance, Sculpture, Music, Drama, Philosophy, History, Languages, and untraditional fine arts such as Film, Sport, Comedy, and more.
  • I believe that the insights of Marshall McLuhan are so incredibly profound, and potentially useful to the fine arts once several layers of unpacking occur.
  • And I believe the Industrial Age, for all its benefits, has been catastrophic for the Fine Arts, and spurred the present creative crisis and cul de sac that we see in so many artists, art schools, and art institutions.

The single yeast that can fuel the rising dough of all these issues is, quite simply, the restoration of Classical Education, and the updating and renewing, negating and preserving, transplating and watering, of what in the traditional models of Classical Education that are dusty or even obsolete.

Because I feel so strongly about this — and this is more a “feeling” at this point than a truly earned argument and demonstrated conclusion — it simply made the most sense for me to go solo for a while. Perhaps after a time, at least a year, after I have built more of an objective case, and are closer to my book if not completely finished with it (on restoring the fine arts via classical education), perhaps then POLYSEMY may again be a group effort. But the challenge rests with me: I have to make the case, and do so persuasively. I think I can, and I know I will try.

And thus it begins. As far as POLYSEMY, there still is The Bookshelf, still The Cathode Ray, still The Woodshed. I’ve made changes to all three, improvements I think, with more to come.

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